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The Bradfo Show: Red Sox infield coach Brian Butterfield talks moving Xander Bogaerts to third base, return of Stephen Drew

May 21, 2014|

Rob Bradford is joined by Red Sox third base/infield coach Brian Butterfield to discuss the process of moving Xander Bogaerts to third base. Butterfield explains the ins and outs of preparing Bogaerts for the switch, along with challenges facing the rookie. The coach also talks about the return of shortstop Stephen Drew, what the veteran brings to the table, and the keys for a quick return to the starting lineup. Butterfield, a diehard Patriots fan, finishes things up with offering his take on some potential sleepers coming to Pats' camp.

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It's nice secret. Not -- things that interest. So I wish my chest. And just sit there and it's okay. Episode of this and to be who would wind you know. Usually rob Bradford. What other issues the -- coach. Second appearance on the Brad show that we know sponsored by schools distinctive clothing. He looked so darn kids. And -- -- insurance. And second appearance on the -- -- show last win came at -- you before spring training started but it was down Fort Myers in that third base coach infield instructor. Brian Butterfield welcome back thanks let it be great to be here. So you're a great person -- is a great person I talked to today news particularly because we're talking a lot about in field moving guys around them. Arizona cut to the chase we're gonna have a situation coming up here and Stephen Drew comes back where it looks like in a -- yet to move over to third. Your responsibilities when it comes to that what does that entail that -- -- to -- -- final -- about it about it even though he obviously played last year and. A little bit but you know it's so right now it's important that you know bogeys -- -- game tonight at 7 o'clock it's important that he get his mind on shortstop. We will have time because Stevens get some things that he's gonna do before he gets right. He's in great shape too by the way but. It's they're two different positions and I think coupled you'll be fine during -- -- Because our guys soccer Dustin Pedroia about when he got moved off shortstop in him he basically said once your shortstop are always a shortstop. And he's if you had to play shortstop he can play any position do you feel come along those lines that. Though the foundation that -- has a shortstop really ultimate third. I do I picked it and I agree with Pia thing that if you -- play -- you play all the other positions. Although there are some differences. You know I consider middle infield be running position where. The players to play him little bit more upright -- run into the ball they have time to get down underneath the ball whereas the corners are protected from the waist down -- -- a wider base. Caring their clubs lower and it's more with -- position. In a reaction position so. That part of it is pretty -- preparation in his first reaction will be a little bit different on the corner. As it is it as opposed to shortstop. For you this must be a little bit bittersweet the united -- much time that you put in is but -- at shortstop and he's coming along quite well. It's been a work in progress throughout the course the regular season is that through it is it is kind of a mixed emotions. A little bit -- -- bogeys and a great job I know that there's a lot of fun. -- talk centered around such a tough position a pivotal position I chipped it caliber club. But I think he's further along that. -- would be used to make great strides and you know he's not there yet between one years old but he's a good student he's a great aptitude he wants to be a great player I am very pleased with where -- -- so. You know I think that. You were trying to build. The best team that we possibly can and and adding Stephen definitely makes us a better team and I think bogeys athletic and I think he's aware. What things that are going on that he'll be able to make that transition to third base and what's even at shortstop and will be better for. What's the first thing you focus on when you start working with folk -- to third base. I think first and foremost that pre pitch where you know the ball gets on -- lot quicker when you're at third base as opposed to shortstop so now it's gonna get used to playing a lower. -- in his glove organ and a wider stance and movement is quickly he can from that wider stance so you know it's these big guy so. As it will middle Brooks is too so that's a an adjustment period just playing with a wider base and being able to accelerate up that what basement. He did it last year I think you'll be able to do it again. What what did he do well last year stern now we know it was a new position forum. And we also know that he's probably -- To prove that this year goes on but what he'd do well for a guy who finished on that stage also having not had played them there's not one. I think Garvey showed great mental toughness you know there wasn't really enough time to go over the finer points technically mechanically. He just bought it and willed his way to catch the ball and that's all we wanted him to do sometimes and look pretty. But them first and foremost this is the most important thing is to catch the ball so. Your feet and always going to be right you're gloves though it's going to be right your -- gonna it's gonna be right but. Budweiser keep catching DelHomme out there you've done your job so I think that's what he did last year he fought through it -- and then did a great job -- -- We reference and and Stephen Drew and what he did in the postseason last year and -- I don't know if this is fair but the perception is that. There was a notch up defensively -- what he did in the regular season going back to that what did you use did you see anything that you almost son was doing better in the post season. Then in the regulars. That's a great point you know I think he was great during the season and you know just get the chance to see the difficult plays that he's able to make -- The way he taxable here taxable more fearlessly than any shortstop I've ever watched him. Sometimes -- go back and watch video of our regular season games last year and I'm amazed at some of the plays it. And if throwing the throwing slot that he achieves it's just phenomenal so you know I'm a little bit biased but I think he's the best defense at shortstop in the American League so. I'm really looking forward to see him go again you know that he respected defensively because of -- -- we were in the winter meetings before they acquired army -- the people in Oakland. Or are some of the reporters and and yet he's OK he's okay did you understand how good he was. Well you know I didn't know that he was as good as what he showed last year he I thought he was just exceptional but. You know I think that everybody's a little bit different viewpoint on what a championship caliber shortstop is if you are coming to the dance or your interest in watching ESPN and watching. Highlight plays all the time. Then Stephens -- shorts up that you wanna watch but if you want the ball secured. In crunch time in big situations with a runner on third and two out and attacking the ball fearlessly and then no we're trying to do team defense of lies and Stephen Drew you guys. You talked to him very much or was it an when he first got here today about where he was that physically where he was that -- his. Progress or was it just I do and we get along talked this morning he got here early I got here early and we were able to look we had some things and find out where he was physically and he's in great shape he was on a program that allowed him to take at least -- ground balls today. Without rest so I could see that it is they -- him ground balls he didn't need rest he jumped back with position got a lot of reps until we head. Thirty to 35 ground balls today and it didn't look like you get tired at the biggest thing we we look at. And he is the Red Sox obviously would love is he if he's picked up where he left off but that's fast and quite a lot for a guy who has been through spring training hasn't been here for a month and a half in the regular season. But is that what you're looking for of him this his ability to sustain throughout the course and again. Absolutely I think that's a difficult thing to gauge him and we talked about it Stevens talked about it John girls talked about it I think that. You know it's a little bit of an unknown a guy can come into camp in shape. Ground balls shape endurance shape but to -- test of a nine inning game night after night to. How -- can you go and how much can -- do before something breaks down so hopefully. We can have a healthy Stephen Drew because they're healthy Stephen Drew a productive -- where you when you found no that -- coming back. I was in the coaches room and came across this role and we had just gotten done talking about -- an hour prior so. We found that it was official about an hour after having talked about it. You know not to harp on the -- put over our -- to move over and you have that whole dynamic but for you when you saw that scrawled when he found out that news. To have another weapon at your disposal must have been pretty good field -- you know look a look Stephen Drew and look what he's gonna bring to us that love Evans in a -- Barrett here I think yeah. He gives us another element and you know who they're baseball players and sometimes. You know it's early in the process he's only 21 years old he moves to another position he's still a good baseball player and still gonna help the Boston Red Sox. Win games so I'm excited for both guys there anything that you guys changed since last year that Stephen would. Have to catch up on not really -- sixteen and that's going to be the easy part. You know we have that basically the same signs we do basically the same thing team defense obliged and he's highly intelligent intelligent and he. Wants to know everything that's going on team defense of -- so they'll be probably the easiest transition that part of it. Is he easier coaching Julian Edelman. But Julian we -- coach I know that when you're taking ground balls in Toronto he was. He shows great aptitude and it's easy to understand why he's the best slot receiver there is in football. -- all the events that high praise. But it's true it would circles around that guy in Denver that. Well this -- if if if you know like -- for. Those who don't know to win Brian Butterfield was a coach in Toronto Julian settlement gave up. They put a uniform off them before photos go to Debbie -- dot com. Fan and -- potter put him through his paces so if you had to identify a position that Julian Edelman would thrive in have you got a good point. -- a slot receiver is. Might be conducive to a lot of positions out there but if you could identify one spot Julian of and you put him on the field where -- bit. We argued because he took ground balls at shortstop and they took his fly ball to center field and he's got bad short area great acceleration. Quickness and he's a great athlete so he showed up well involvement. I think the opulence instructor Dwayne Murphy argued that he gets better center fielder we argued that'd be a better shortstop so he got some versatility just like has with -- -- The last question is -- sleeper. Give me one sleeper in past camp one guy that when people go down -- Foxboro they get outside the ropes and it's today. That's we've never heard of that guy before but Brian Butterfield told us to keep an eye on them so we're gonna do that. Got two guys so one on offense at tailback from Indiana's Stephen Hughes he catches the ball these 225 pounds he can run inside the tackles. Any place -- played a great conference so Stevens refused to look for him to make an impact in camp and I like the kids that more and more looking at some. He's a defense of vendetta concordia. He's long and he's such an interest -- looking on -- so I'm looking forward to seeing both those guys. Well -- what do you foresee you looking at them both those guys throughout the course of the year so thank you once again butter for us against second appearance on the brat -- so you are. Your school's instinctive close on the way if you ever had over back -- Right at the rotary right near the Concord -- -- on mile lap down and tell my sanity I don't know what it'll do but at that'll be good for -- I -- -- excellent.

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